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David Daley and Sam Wang on gerrymandering

October 15th, 2016, 10:00am by Sam Wang

Last night, David Daley and I appeared at our local bookstore, Labyrinth, to talk about gerrymandering: its effects on democracy, how technology has made it worse, and what can be done to prevent it. It’s is the subject of his new book, Ratf**ked. Thanks to Labyrinth Books and to Princeton Public Lectures, the discussion is […]

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Princeton University: Woodrow Wilson report

April 4th, 2016, 10:03am by Sam Wang

Today, Princeton University releases its report on Woodrow Wilson’s legacy. You can read it here. Here’s the news release. One bottom line: the Woodrow Wilson school will retain its name. My own view is that we as a community can’t run away from his segregationist views – nor would it be the best option to […]

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(On-campus) research assistant wanted

February 28th, 2015, 6:30am by Sam Wang

I’m looking for a research assistant at Princeton to work on a gerrymandering project at a scholarly level, i.e. for academic research. It will also have practical implications. There’s a posting at the Student Employment office – look for posting #35677! For now, students only please.

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Tags: 2012 Election · 2014 Election · 2016 Election · Princeton · Site News

Last Lectures, Class of 2014: Genes, Brain, and the Human Mind

May 14th, 2014, 5:36pm by Sam Wang

This Friday, May 16th, I’ll be speaking to the graduating Class of 2014. My topic is “Genes, Brain, and the Human Mind: Neuroscience in the 21st Century.” It’s at 7:00 pm in McCosh 10, here on the Princeton campus If you’re local, please come! The lecture is open to all students, faculty, and community members, […]

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How to think about autism risks

March 29th, 2014, 8:57pm by Sam Wang

For those of you coming here from the NYT, welcome! If you’re interested in drilling into the scientific literature, I’ve archived some articles here. Note: if you’re having trouble getting the links from the NYT piece to work, the link above has all the correct files. Basically the NYT site messed up the “~” character […]

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Tags: Health · Princeton

BRAIN Initiative – on MSNBC

May 2nd, 2013, 12:33pm by Sam Wang

I’m currently in heavy neuroscience mode. Here’s one example: the unveiling of the BRAIN Initiative, an NIH/NSF/DARPA/private research initiative announced by President Obama in April. It focuses on new technologies to map brain connectivity and function. Whether there will be new money isn’t clear, but it does highlight some very exciting areas in modern neuroscience. […]

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President Shirley Tilghman

September 23rd, 2012, 10:00am by Sam Wang

Yesterday, our university’s president, Shirley Tilghman, announced that she was stepping down after over a decade of leadership. She’s been a great leader, and has led Princeton University in an exciting and inspiring way. In so many areas – including expansion in academics across the board, student aid, coping with the economic downturn – she […]

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Focusing efforts wisely

October 27th, 2010, 9:52am by Sam Wang

I’ve received correspondence from a Democratic activist taking me to task. I pointed out that his Democratic Congressman was likely to win by a large margin. He thought that my saying this would breed complacency. Putting aside the idea that very many Democrats this election season are complacent, there is a critical point I must […]

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“We will restore science to its rightful place”

January 20th, 2009, 3:06pm by Sam Wang

Today people gathered in halls all around campus to watch the Inauguration. It’s finals week, so classrooms were available. I watched it at the Center for Human Values with colleagues and friends. President Obama’s address was solid and to the point. He pulled no punches about the problems ahead. Three quotes from led to outbursts […]

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State polls – fresher than you think

October 21st, 2008, 2:24pm by Sam Wang

As you can see, the Meta-Analysis has taken a downtick. This suggests that the race has leveled off – or may drift toward parity a bit. Notably, state polls now lag national polls by only a few days, making them an excellent source of current information about the race.

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Tags: 2008 Election · Princeton